READING A BOOK OVER AND OVER – BORING OR HELPFUL?
Linda M. Penn
“Mommy, Daddy, let’s read Green Eggs and Ham again,” your little one says, as he or she drags the book off the shelf for what – the 100 time! You feel nauseated and your little one feels excitement. Is there anything about this picture that is familiar?
All of us moms, dads, grandparents, and teachers have probably reached the saturation point with reading our children’s favorite books over and over again. Obviously, the only ones who are bored are us adults! Are the children enjoying themselves? The answer obviously is “yes!” Not sure why we complain, but, I suppose we fear that reading the same book 100 times is not good for the children.
Let’s address the reasons why reading a book multiple times is helpful:
1) Children learn by repetition.
2) Children are having enjoyable reading experiences, which lead them to become lifelong readers.
3) Children gain confidence in themselves. Try skipping or changing some words in the text and see how proud of themselves they become when they can HELP YOU READ.
4) Children can be challenged to make up a story using many of the words of the favorite story. Depending on their age, they can write and illustrate the story or you can record the story for them.
5) Children can be challenged during each day’s reading time to enjoy a different book, along with their favorite one.
Guess what? Some encouraging news for us adults – this phase of your child’s
Reading career will be over – sooner or later! SO, ENJOY IT NOW!
NEXT MONTH’S BLOG – “Discussing the pictures in a book – when, how?”
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